Bad Year Gets Worse as Kloucek suffers torn ACL and MCL

by pbadmin
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The Rangers were having a bad year as it was. The last thing they needed
was for one of their very few bright spots to be shut down for a long while.
Rookie defenseman Tomas Kloucek suffered a torn ACL and MCL in a game Sunday
in Atlanta. The injury occurred when Kloucek tried to hit Thrashers forward
Ray Ferraro. Kloucek has been a pleasant surprise for the Rangers this year.
At just 21 years old, he has shown the ability to play great defensive hockey
and has become a physical force to be reckoned with. The play of Kloucek
along with players like Mike Mottau, Peter Smrek, Dale Purinton and other
young defensemen has been one of the best stories for the Rangers in
2000-2001. Because Kloucek’s injury happened so late into the season, doctors
say it is likely his rehab will continue well, into next season. Kloucek who
played in 43 games with the Rangers this year, had a goal and 4 assists for 5
points. He also rang up 74 penalty minutes and was a minus 3. Minus 3 isn’t
all that bad on a team that has been playing defensive hockey like the
Rangers have. All the Rangers can do now is pray that nothing like this
happens to anyone else in their final few games, that more or less are
meaningless. Then they can sit through a long summer and play golf or
whatever it is an overpaid hockey player does. Then hopefully with players
like Pavel Brendl and Jamie Lundmark in the lineup and a healthy Tomas
Kloucek they can get back to the playoffs, were the team with the league’s
highest payroll belongs.

Season Over In Norway

by Evan Andriopoulos
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VIF returned to the throne as national title holders in Norway over upstart Canadian Coached Serge Boisvert`s Frisk Tigers. Frisk basically fell apart and dropped three straight to VIF. Frisk made many basic mistakes and VIF capitalized on each. Most importantly the game of hockey with the great season had by Espen Knutsen of Columbus and the Frisk Tigers has helped grow interest in the game. There has even been talk of nationally televised league games for the first time since 1992-93. (end)

The season 2000-01 saw the pending retirement of American Kyle McDonough who has been a dominant force on the ice for several years. Kyle will return to the US with his wife and children…we thank Kyle for all he has given. Now who will step up and replace him… perhaps another American? or homegrown player? (end)

In the finals…Jordal Amfi, the home of VIF in Oslo was built up to add seats…and each of the two games played drew more than 4900 fans… Frisk, capacity of 1200 played to a packed house in the newly created hockey hotbed. The most interesting aspect of the playoffs was how easily Frisk beat defending champ Storhamar in 3 straight but still fell short of the level of VIF and their many Swedish and National players. Jarl Ygranes may be ready to step up next season…and he has his own website www.ygranes.no but a more mature senior player is needed to replace the smallish but gritty McDonough…and who will that be? We shall see…(end)


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Former Lake Superior star shines as sturdy two-way player

by Derek Berry
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Before he got into the National Hockey League he was told that he
should not worry about becoming a goal-scorer. “That was a real
eye-opener,” says Detroit native Rob Valicevic, of the talk given to him
early on by his Houston Aeros coach. “I’ll never forget that talk.”

It wasn’t too tough of an adjustment for this fine two-way hockey
player from Clinton Township. He really learned how to play two ways
back in the glory days of Lake Superior State University, playing under
head coach Jeff Jackson.

“Coach Jackson used a very pro-style system,” says Valicevic. “We were
stingy and strong at lake Superior, especially on defense and we didn’t
give up a lot of shots.”

Jackson himself is pleased that his former star, a key contributor to
those LSSU national championship teams in 1992 and 1994, has found
success at the next level.

“I’m very impressed that he’s made it to the NHL,” says Jackson, very
proudly. “He has consistently improved each year and I think he’s
emerged as an excellent, consistent two-way player with the Nashville
Predators.”

When asked if his coaching style and system attributed to Valicevic’s
success up to this point, Jackson humbly dismissed those notions, saying
Valicevic has basically made himself the player that he is.

“Rob has really made himself into his own player,” says Jackson. “He’s
built his body up well and he’s always had the work ethic and
leadership.”

It’s no secret that Valicevic has worked hard for what he has earned.

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IHL News

by Andrew Bourgeois
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The Milwaukee Admirals, now fifth in the Eastern Conference, have a better record than the Utah Grizzlies, who are fourth in the West. If the teams finish the regular season that way the Admirals will be in the playoffs and the Grizzlies will be out. Wouldn’t that be bad news for the Manitoba Moose?

If the current standings are carried through to the end of the regular season the Admirals will face the Moose, who are in first place in the West, to open the playoffs. Manitoba might be better off finishing second. The Moose, who have never won anything (conference or league title), have an 0-3-2 record against Milwaukee.


BEST STATS:
The Chicago Wolves, defending Turner Cup champions, are 20-7-4 since the All-Star break. Based on that record they’re the hottest team in the league now. The Wolves, Milwaukee Admirals and Cleveland Lumberjacks are the only teams with 20 wins since the All-Star break.
Mark Beaufait of the Orlando Solar Bears had three multiple-point games in three days last weekend. He accumulated seven points in the process.

Coach Ron Smith recorded his sixth consecutive 40-win season with the Cincinnati Cyclones. That gives him the best record among active IHL coaches at 262-169-53.
The Orlando Solar Bears are 8-0-2 vs. the Cleveland Lumberjacks this season.

The Milwaukee Admirals are 8-1-3 in their last 12 road games and 11-4-3 in their last 18. If they earn the last Western Conference playoff spot they could sail to the Turner Cup finals. Milwaukee has a winning record against every team in the West.

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